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Operations Update


The Operations Update is an official publication of the National Order of the Arrow Committee. It is published as needed to update key leaders on changes in the program. Printed copies are sent to Lodge Advisers, Scout Executives, Section Chiefs, Section Advisers, Area Directors, and the National OA Committee.

Copies of the Operations Update will also be available in PDF format online through this website.


Available Operations Update Copies:

"12-07", issued July, 2012. (25 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: The national Order of the Arrow committee has modified the requirements for the nomination of adult unit Scouters to become candidates for induction into the Order. The changes will increase the number of currently-serving Scoutmasters and Varsity Team Coaches and other unit Scouters who can be nominated to be candidates. These modifications apply only to adult leaders in Scout troops and Varsity teams who are 21 years of age or older. They become effective at the beginning of each lodge's 2013 elections season or January 1, 2013, whichever comes first.

"10-06", issues June, 2010. (24.6 KB PDF File, 1 page)

Topic: The Order of the Arrow Handbook, Guide for Officers and Advisers (GOA), and Field Operations Guide (FOG) have been updated. Since the BSA Supply Group needed to print more copies of the Handbook, an opportunity presented itself to revise a few pages. Reprints of the Handbook will be issued when existing stock is depleted. The new GOA and FOG are presently available for download in the Publications Section.

"09-10", issued October, 2009. (65 KB PDF file, 4 pages)

Topic: The Order of the Arrow has updated its mission and purpose for the 21st century. This operations update explains the new mission and purpose in great detail. Be sure read this update for the latest information, and an excellent explanation of the new mission and purpose.

"09-2", issued February, 2009. (40 KB PDF file, 3 pages)

Topic: Membership Reinstatement policy, Announcements on the OA Lodge Master System and OA Membership Verification process, the 2009 National Quality Lodge Reminders, Quality Lodge Pins, Fillable Forms, Clarification of the Lodge Voting Policies, Lodge Resource Materials, and the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award are all covered in this operations update.

"08-5", issued May, 2008. (43.2 KB PDF file, 4 pages)

Topic: Announcements on the OA Lodge Master System and OA Membership Verification process included in the February 2005 ScoutNet production release. Updated literature is announced including the Guide for Officers and Advisers, Field Operations Guide, and the new OA Lodge Finance Manual. It also contains clarification on Unit Elections, OA Promotions, 2008 National Quality Lodge requirements, Ordeal Ceremony requirements.

"07-10", issued October, 2007. (20.9 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: U.S. Forest Service logo usage.

"07-8", issued August, 2007. (19 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: The Order of the Arrow policy on lodge pocket flaps appears on page 58 of the Order of the Arrow Handbook. Several clarifications have been added to this policy.

"06-05", issued May, 2006. (30 KB PDF file, 2 pages)

Topic: New editions of the Order of the Arrow Handbook, Guide for Officers and Advisers, and Field Operations Guide are available.

"05-10", issued October, 2005. (29 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: Guide for Officers and Advisers now online

"05-9", issued September, 2005. (38 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: Changes to National Awards and Recognitions

"05-5", issued May, 2005. (30 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: The Induction Sequence and Home Lodges

"05-3", issued March, 2005. (52 KB PDF file, 2 pages)

Topic: OA Membership Verification

"04-9", issued September, 2004. (108 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: Lodge Numbers

"01-4", issued April, 2001. (27 KB PDF file, 2 pages)

Topic: OA Associate Adviser Leadership Positions and Patches Approved.

"01-2", issued February, 2001. (36 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: Driving Vigil Ceremony Participants.

"01-1", issued January, 2001. (24 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topic: Selection of Adult Leaders in Units.

"99-7", issued July 1999. (16 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topics: Coleman Outdoor Adventureships, Order of the Arrow Troop/Team Representative, New OA Ceremony Books.

"99-2", issued February 1999.

Topic: Unit Elections to be held in Troops and Varsity Teams Only. This download has since been removed due to the membership policy change effective February 1, 2019.

"98-10", issued October 1998. (13 KB PDF file, 2 pages)

Topics: Lodge Charter Expiration Date, New Venturing Program, Vigil Honor Candidate Requirement, New OA Logo, 1999 National Leadership Summit.

"97-1", issued January 1997. (20 KB PDF file, 2 pages)

Topic: Unit Election Procedure Change.

"96-11", issued November 1996. (10 KB PDF file, 1 page)

Topics: Camping Requirement Change, OA Service Grant Program, E. Urner Goodman Scholarship Program, 1997 Charter Renewal Reminder. (Note: The wording of the Camping Requirement was clarified in 1998, replacing this text.)